Five faces of a gen­er­a­tion

The Washington Post Sunday - - DRIVING THE BEAT ROAD -

Door-to-door: Over the course of a month, we visit with five Beat Gen­er­a­tion fig­ures. Read the en­tire se­ries now at wapo.st/beat­road. Lawrence Fer­linghetti: The shadow of the best-sell­ing poet and pub­lisher of prac­ti­cally ev­ery Beat Gen­er­a­tion fig­ure looms large. / July 2 Michael McClure: His sin­gu­lar po­etic idiom, full of meat and “beast lan­guage,” has at­tracted the at­ten­tion and ad­mi­ra­tion of mu­si­cians — and sci­en­tists. / July 9 Diane di Prima: With a mother’s heart, she has forged mythic po­etry that con­nects an­cient and mod­ern mag­ick. / July 16 Her­bert Gold: He says he’s not a Beat, but 30-plus nov­els and 70-some years of as­so­ci­a­tion have put him smack in the cen­ter of the move­ment. / To­day Gary Sny­der: The Pulitzer Prize-win­ning poet and philoso­pher of deep ecol­ogy has had a tec­tonic ef­fect on lit­er­a­ture and con­ser­va­tion­ism. / July 30

FER­LINGHETTI: AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS; MCCLURE: CHRIS FELVER/GETTY IM­AGES; DI PRIMA: ALLEN GINS­BERG LLC/COR­BIS VIA GETTY IM­AGES; GOLD: COUR­TESY OF DEN­NIS LETBETTER; SNY­DER: BILL O’LEARY/THE WASH­ING­TON POST

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